Cambodia-Switzerland: Commitment on the Enhancement of Human Capital​

Cambodia and Switzerland have committed to work together to enhance human capital and create job opportunities for vulnerable youth and low-skill employees. 

During a fruitful discussion with Mr. Markus Buerli, a newly-appointed Director of Swizz Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on September 9, H.E. Ith Samheng, the minister of Labor and Vocational Training, stated that the continuous effort to promote human resources development in accordance with the Cambodia Industrial Development Policy on National Career and Jobs Policy, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training. 

H.E. Ith Samheng added that the first phase of the skills development project (2016-2020) was accomplished with success in increasing and creating decent jobs for youth, both men and women. 

H.E. Minister highly thanked Swizz Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for financial and technical support to the Royal Government for various development projects, especially on building human resources in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). 

The second phase of the Skills Development Project (2020-2024) was launched in July 2020 and will last until June 2024, aiming at creating more job opportunities to vulnerable men and women and low-skill employees as well as supporting the effective implementation of technical and vocational education and training in the targeted provinces. 

Mr. Markus Buerli shared the behind factor to the rapid development of Switzerland was two-third of Swizz youth have accessed to vocational training to grasp job opportunities before applying for higher education. This reflects the value and constraints to the strengthening of human capital for economic development. Additionally, it becomes a good lesson learned from Cambodian youth to be aware of the value of vocational and technical education and to set a clear and specific future career and job opportunities before pursuing higher education. 

SOURCE: Ministry of Information | By: Kimlong HAK